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UT alumnus working for Rep. Roger Williams injured in shooting

16 June 2017

Zack Barth appeared on the "Today" show with his boss, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, Thursday morning after being discharged from the hospital.

"Congressman Williams was not shot; however, a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention", according to a statement from Williams' office.

Meanwhile, two Capitol Police officers who were already at the scene exchanged gunfire to stop the shooter, who ended up hitting one of the officers, as well as Scalise and a lobbyist.

Congressman Roger Williams was on crutches after sustaining ankle and leg injuries when he dove into a dugout for cover.

Authorities said several people were injured when a gunman opened fire just after 7 the baseball field where several Republican members of Congress were practicing for the upcoming game. According to reports, the Capitol police returned fire on the gunman.

The congressional staffer shot in the leg by an assault rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday at a baseball practice session for Republican lawmakers was in the outfield of the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball diamond when he heard a loud pop.

Rep. Steve Scalise and a number of aides and Capitol Police officers were shot.

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Rep. Barton, Rep. Williams and Rep. Mike Conaway were present when the shooting ensued. This is a game that has gone on for over 100 years and it is for charity.

U.S. representatives Ron DeSantis and Jeff Duncan had ducked out of baseball practice early on Wednesday when a middle-aged man in the parking lot asked them if the players in red shirts on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

The president tweeted Wednesday, "Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover". If we don't play this baseball game and we give in, they win. "I$3 ran into the dugout literally running for my life".

"Everybody probably would have died, except for the fact that the Capitol Hill Police were there", Sen.

'There will be those who will talk about what's wrong with America but in this case, with officers Griner and Bailey, we saw what's right with America, ' he said.

Zachary Barth wrote on his personal account that he was at the hospital after being shot during practice for Thursday's congressional baseball game.

He said never thought he'd go to a baseball practice and "have to dodge bullets". "The Lord worked yesterday, he saved us".

UT alumnus working for Rep. Roger Williams injured in shooting